10th International Dementia Conference

    Ireland’s largest annual dementia event

    NMBI Category 1 Approved

    Day 1 (7 CEU’s), Day 2 (6 CEU’s)

    Day 1 Presentations


    An I-Thou approach to dementia care: “Engaging with” rather than “Doing to”Prof Steven Sabat, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Georgetown University, USA.

    Dignity-enhancing care for persons with dementia: An Ethical FrameworkProf Chris Gastmans, Professor of Medical Ethics and Head, Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Medicine, University of Leuven.

    Towards appropriate prescribing of psychotropic medication in dementiaDr Suzanne Timmons, Consultant Geriatrician and Clinical Lead for the National Dementia Office; Senior Lecturer, Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, University College Cork

    An update on the implementation of the National Dementia Strategy in Ireland Dr Suzanne Timmons, Consultant Geriatrician and Clinical Lead for the National Dementia Office; Senior Lecturer, Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, University College Cork


    Parallel Sessions


    Human rights and dementia

    The ASI’s Human Rights Charter, Empowerment and participation in practice – Tina Leonard, Head of Advocacy & Public Affairs, Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI)

    The acute care experience

    Setting the context – Dr Diarmuid O’Shea, Consultant Geriatrician, St Vincent’s University Hospital, Clinical Lead for the National Clinical Programme for Older People, HSE, President, Irish Gerontological Society, and Registrar, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

    Remember to listen: Hearing the voice of the person with dementia in the acute hospital setting – Anne Claffey, Senior Speech & Language Therapist, Regional Hospital Mullingar,

    Do you see what I see Exhibition, Tallaght Hospital: Exploring and promoting living well with dementia – Caroline Hyland, Artist

    Life story and activities in residential care

    Re-framing “activities” as meaningful engagement – Dr Benedicte Strøm SJC, VID Specialized University, Oslo & Noreen Keane, Training Team Co-ordinator, Sonas apc

    RECREATE: Enhancing sensory based experience for people living with dementiaFiona Harrington, Arts Officer, RECREATE

    Staff, Volunteer and Family Experiences of Life Story Work with Residents who have Moderate to Severe Cognitive Impairment – Claire O’Brien, Senior Occupational Therapist, Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross

    Building community supports

    Living Well with Dementia – Ann Quinn, Dementia Nurse Specialist, HSE

    COGS Club: An innovative model of support in early dementia – Jackie Tuppen, Specialist Practitioner and Admiral Nurse, Dementia UK

    An Exploratory Study of the Role of the Public Health Nurse in Dementia CareMargaret O’Sullivan, Public Health Nurse, HSE West

    Supporting assisted decision-making: Guiding principles, case studies and research findings

    Guiding principles in action: Ethical and rights dilemmasMary Condell, Legal Advisor, SAGE, Support and Advocacy Service for Vulnerable Adults

    A New Model: Progress to Implementation of the Decision Support ServiceÁine Flynn, Director of Decision Support Service

    Resilience and community connectedness

    Designing resources for enhancing resilience in family carers of people with dementia: A co-design study – Sandra McCarthy, Research Assistant, Care Alliance Ireland

    The Brain – from the Fantastic to the Forgetful: A dementia awareness programme for schools – Dearbhla O’Caheny, Assistant Education Officer, Dementia Services Information and Development Centre

    Growing excellence in residential care

    Training and learning are not the same thing: How do care workers in care homes learn to care for people living with dementia?Isabelle Latham, Senior Lecturer, Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester

    The Meaningful Moments Project – Angela Lyons and Mary Doyle, Clinical Nurse Managers, Peamount Healthcare

    Care transitions: Supporting people with Intellectual Disability and dementia – Tracy Parker, Psychologist, Head of Psychology, Ability West

    Technology and dementia

    “The Home Run Bus” – Evaluating a virtual driving simulator for older adults in residential care – Dr Louise Hopper, Assistant Professor, Dublin City University (DCU)

    Technology facilitated reminiscence in dementia – Prof Assumpta Ryan, Professor of Ageing and Health, Ulster University

    Empowerment through creative connections

    Art For Purpose: Fostering connected and resilient communities, Using film, stop frame animation and digital art to reconnect with skills and enhance sense of self – Bo Chapman and Zoe Flynn Directors, Salmagundi Films

    Journeys Of Appreciation – Museums and Gallery Partnerships with NHS inpatient clinical services for older adults with mental health problems and dementia – Nuala Conlan, Involvement and Participation Lead Older adults, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


    Day 2 Presentations


    A workshop in exquisite listening – Prof Kate Irving and Prof Steven Sabat

    Towards compassionate end of life care

    Implementing continuous quality improvement at end of life using the Compassionate End of Life (CEOL) Programme – Kate Steele, National Development Manager, Residential Care Settings, Irish Hospice Foundation

    Embracing End of Life – Don’t be afraid – CEOL Case study – Norma Sheehan, Director of Nursing & Siobhan Grant, Fundraising Manager, St Joseph’s Shankill,

    Supporting people with dementia to live and die at home. The Role of the Registered Advance Nurse Practitioner – Tracy Keating, Registered Advance Nurse Practitioner in Community Older Persons Care, HSE/Mater Community Medicine for Older Persons

    Reminiscence through art and drama

    Finding the Fun in Dementia – Reminiscence as a positive way to enrich the lives of those affected by memory loss – Karen Meenan, Founder, Making Hay Reminiscence Theatre, first Ireland member of the European Reminiscence Network, and Volunteer, Forget-me-Nots Choir

    Reminiscence Arts in Dementia Care: Impact on Quality of Life – David Savill, Artistic Director, Age Exchange UK

    Football-focused reminiscence in dementia care: Impact on quality of lifeKaren Watchman, Senior Lecturer Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, University of Stirling

    Brought to you by

    Sonas apc

    Academic Partner

    The School of Nursing and Human Sciences, Dublin City University

    Main Conference Sponsor

    Home Instead Senior Care

    Associate Sponsor

    Homecare Medical

    Evening Concert Sponsor

    Understand Together National Dementia Campaign

    In Association With

    National Dementia Office
    Dementia Services Information and Development Centre (DSIDC)

    Irish Hospice Foundation
    Nursing Homes Ireland

    HSE West